Four new pieces of legislation aimed at expanding preschool nationally have been introduced in the U.S. Senate in the weeks since President Barack Obama made a call for universal preschool in his State of the Union address, according to Education Week.

In the January address, Obama said the federal government would partner with states to expand public preschool offerings for 4-year-olds. Two pieces of proposed legislation closely mirror the president’s proposal to form partnerships, another suggests offering competitive grants to states to form or expand programs, and yet another focuses on increasing parents’ access to information on where to enroll in early childhood programs.

Read the story on Education Week’s early childhood blog, The Early Years.


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  1. el says:

    Because I desperately want SOMEONE to talk about this issue besides me, I’ll repeat myself with Yet Another Comment about Please For The Love of God can we roll back the draconian changes to California state preschool that were made for this academic year that obligate even very low income parents to pay to enroll their kids? It doesn’t net money, it creates hassle for the district, it generates distracting churn in the classroom, and it’s creating yet another obstacle for success for the kids and families we most desperately need to reach via preschool and the like.